Hachette Audio. Jan. 2022. 15:24 hrs. ISBN 9781478990598. $25.98. F
Set in the near future, where children understand that adults have focused on the negatives—money, greed, self-importance, etc.—with disastrous results, Hawley’s (Before the Fall) latest is an apocalyptic and provocative glimpse of what could be. The story follows a small group of rebellious young people on a rescue mission after they break out of the Float Anxiety Abatement Center: Simon, trying to recover from his sister Claire’s death; The Prophet, who tells Simon about the man they must stop, The Wizard; and Louise, another young person at the Center. Veteran stage actor Shiromi Arserio delivers a solid reading of this story filled with challenging issues; Hawley reads the op-ed-style sections, where the author stops the story to talk directly to the listener.
VERDICT This dystopian tale concerns difficult topics, but is full of drama, thrills, and insights, leaving listeners with a sense that change is still possible. Fans of Stephen King’s The Stand will enjoy the tale.
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